NECN met Danielle Niles has joined the WBZ team. She has been named weekend morning meteorologist.
‘BZ News Director John Verilli remarked, “Danielle is a great fit for the WBZ AccuWeather team,” adding, “She grew up, played sports, and worked in New England all her life; so she knows the kind of weather our region can deliver and has proven to be an excellent meteorologist.”
Danielle Niles’ first day on the air is November 9th. She replaces her former NECN-colleague Joe Joyce. No word on his next move.
After a seven year absence, Phil Lipof will return to Boston. The former 7News weekender announced on Tuesday that he will be joining NewsCenter5 as an anchor and reporter.
‘CVB GM Bill Fine remarked, “We’re always on the lookout for strong anchors and reporters with ties to Boston and Phil fits the bill perfectly,” adding, “We envision him taking on an important role on both the anchor desk and in the field with his experience and connection to this city.”
His exact role is to be determined, however the station did announce that he will be a “principal anchor.”
Phil Lipof’s first day at 5 TV Place will be December 23rd. No word yet if former 7News anchor Juli Auclair will also be making a return to the Boston airwaves.
7News sports freelancer Mike Leslie has been hired in Charlotte. The newcomer will be joining Fox-affil WJZY as a sports anchor and reporter.
Leslie told TVSpy, “I spent a few months in Boston freelancing, getting a taste of a “big-market” environment,” adding, “Now I get to come down to Charlotte and be a part of a station starting from the ground up. It’s apparent, just a couple days in, that Fox does things the ‘right way.’”
Mike Leslie started at Bulfinch Place in June. No word on his replacement.
Joy Lim Nakrin, weekender at Minneapolis’ ABC-affil KTSP, is joining the Fox25 team. The popular anchor and reporter will finish up duties on October 13th, with a start date in Dedham to be determined.
A New Englander, Lim Nakrin had a stint in Hartford at former-CW56 sister station WTIC, where she was also a weekender.
In 2011, she left Connecticut Fox-affil WTIC for KTSP, joining the ranks of such familiar faces as Chickage Windler and Ken Barlow.
At Fox25, Joy Lim Nakrin will be a reporter, anchor, and legal analyst.
Popular former-Fox25 weekend met AJ Burnett has resurfaced in Maine. He joins Portland’s NBC-affil WCSH as a staff meteorologist.
“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” the excited met told TVSpy.
After leaving the Fox O&O in 2011, Burnett was a freelancer at New Hampshire’s WMUR. His first day is October 11th.
After more than twenty years, NewsCenter5 anchor Liz Brunner is leaving the station. The nightside anchor announced on Facebook that she is departing 5 TV Place to start her own communications firm.
She remarked, “I’m so excited to share some special news with you. I am launching my own company, Brunner Communications, a full-service media training, coaching, and consulting firm. It’s been a phenomenal journey, and now I’m thrilled to embark on my next chapter.”
Brunner joined WCVB in 1993 after working at then-CBS affil WTVT in Tampa Bay. No word on her replacement, but Brunner’s last day is next Thursday, October 17th.
Mark Rosenthal, longtime NewsCenter5 met, has resurfaced in Boston. After several years, the popular former Channel 5 weatherman has been hired to provide the forecast for the upstart Boston Herald Radio station, the popular tabloid announced today on its website.
Rosenthal, who did stints with WCVB, WPRI, NECN, and Good Morning America, will not only provide daily forecasts, but give his perspective on major weather events as they happen. His first day at the internet station is Monday.
7News has officially filled the primary anchor slot left vacant by Reid Lamberty. Adam Williams, weekender-turned-morning-anchor, was officially promoted yesterday following a trial run lasting several weeks.
After replacing Jonathan Hall as anchor of Today in New England in 2007, Williams has been on an upward swing at the station, including a marathon performance during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber.
No word yet on who will replace him in his old timeslot.
Longtime NewsCenter5 anchor Susan Wornick is retiring. The midday hostess has been with the station for 33 years.
The popular anchor remarks, “I’ve had a remarkable career in broadcasting but there is still a lot I want to do and accomplish,” adding, “I have worked with some of the finest people in the history of television. Hearst Broadcasting and Channel 5 have given me opportunities that have helped me experience some of the best things in life. I am truly one of very few people who can say that they got up every day to go to work and loved their job, but I’ve decided that it’s time to reinvent myself.
Highlights of her career include awards from the National Headliner for her work in Team 5 Investigates reporting, as well as her jump to the national spotlight in 1985 when she refused to reveal her news source, almost landing her a jail sentence.
She has been lauded by management, with GM Bill Fine saying, “Susan Wornick is a true original. She is an icon in the business and an irreplaceable part of our newsroom. Susan has worked tirelessly in her many charitable endeavors and is a beloved member of the Boston community. We have been lucky to work with her and will continue to support Susan in her future charitable outreach.”
Wornick joined the station in 1981 as a general assignment reporter and was promoted to the noon newscast in 1989, where she has remained ever since. It has been consistently top-rated with her at the helm. She plans to continue her passion of helping give voice to the voiceless and to pursue other interests.
Susan Wornick will officially exit the anchor desk in early 2014. No word yet on her replacement.
NESN has opted not to renew the contract of Naoko Funayama when it expires later this month. The popular Bruins rinkside reporter has been with the sports net since 2007. No word on her next move, though she was lauded by colleagues for her professionalism and knowledge.
‘BZ has brought in former Weather Channel met Eric Fisher to helm the station’s weathercasts. He arrived in Boston last week to assume the Chief Met position, pushing Todd Gutner back to mornings following the departure of Melissa Mack to her native WJW/Cleveland. You may remember Fisher from his pre-Weather Channel stint at Fox25.
Popular Eyeopener traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk is leaving NewsCenter5. Krysiuk arrived on 5 TV Place in 2010. An employee of traffic-segment producer Westwood One, she had previously worked at Philadelphia’s WCAU (NBC/10) and Fox25 sister-station WTXF (Fox/29). No word on her next move or her replacement, though her last day was Tuesday.